Twice Upon a Time is the first Charles in Charge two-part special, as well as the first and second episode of the show's third season. The first part originally aired on September 3, 1987 while the second part aired a week later.
Charles is surprised when his first love, Gwendolyn Pierce comes to town. Although he doesn't know it, the visit is to make sure Gwendolyn is over Charles before she marries Richard, her boyfriend in California. However, both realize they still love each other, and Charles proposes to Gwendolyn at her going-away party at Sid's Pizza Parlor to keep her from leaving.
Gwendolyn tells Charles she will consider his proposal. A day later she accepts. However, when Charles suggests they announce their engagement, she hesitates, offering lame excuses. As Gwendolyn continues to delay, Charles realizes that she accepted his proposal to escape from parental pressures, and he advises her to return to California and work out her problems.
Walter: Doorbell! I'll get it.
Happy Days referenceEdit
Charles: Oh Mr. Powell, this is Gwendolyn Pierce.
Walter: Oh, Gwendolyn! Charles has told me all about you. Your father is in the hardware business and you enjoy skydiving, right?
Gwendolyn: Ah, no.
Walter: No, must be thinking of another Charles. Excuse me, it was nice meeting you.
This is a reference to Scott Baio's role in Happy Days as Chachi Arcola, whose first name was Charles.
Buddy: Is Charles here?
Walter: He should be back in a few minutes. He just went out bowling with Mildred Pierce. Have a seat.
Charles: Him, him who? there is no him in her life, her is too young to have a him.
Buddy: Listen to him girls. He almost makes sense.
Charles: Buddy, Gwendolyn's only gonna be here for a week, history will be around forever.
Gwendolyn: No Charles. Buddy's right. I mean your schoolwork comes first.
Lillian: Charles has told me all about you.
Gwendolyn: I don't enjoy skydiving.
Lillian: My doodlebug. My baby. He's gonna get married.
Adam: Or buried.
Charles: Gwendolyn, you said you love me.
Gwendolyn: Oh, I do love you.
Walter: When is the big event?
Charles: I have no idea.
Gwendolyn: Ask me again?
Charles: Will you marry me?
Lillian: How can she have a date in bed?
Jamie: She can't, mom will kill her.
- The title of this special alludes to the common fairytale opener "Once upon a time".
- Last appearance of Gwendolyn Pierce.
- Ellen does not make an appearance in the first episode, but she appears on the second.